“Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened”
After a whirlwind few years, The Stone Roses walked offstage in Glasgow at the end of a UK tour in 2017 and we wondered if we would ever hear more from the band or Ian Brown.
After rumours of the Lymm musician heading into the studio, weeks of teasing and mysterious posters getting put up in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, Ian announced his first solo material for nine years, with single ‘First World Problems’ preceding the album, Ripples.
It follows his last solo album ‘My Way’ which landed in 2009. The iconic Stone Roses frontman produced Ripples as well as writing the majority of the tracks on the album. Three of those songs have been co-written with his sons, who also play various instruments across the upcoming release.
Safe to say the internet was on fire with fans giving their opinion on the new song who see it as a return to form for the Monkey King, having paused his catalogue with The Stone Roses re-union in 2011. And we all know where that started! Ian Brown has retained complete creative control of the project – producing the album, directing the music video – as well as creating the artwork himself and playing guitar, drums and a host of other instruments throughout the record.
Indeed the music video which saw Ian cycling around, a nod to his iconic ‘F.E.A.R’ Video, ends in a shell pink Strat thrown into the canal, not to dissimilar to John Squires own guitar. The album was recorded in Liverpool and enhanced in the Beatles room at Abbey Road Studios. Ian’s eagerly anticipated album ‘Ripples’ is out now to download, stream and as physical copies at the following link https://IanBrown.lnk.to/Ripples